More forthcoming economics books in 2013

A few days ago I highlighted some forthcoming titles from major university presses. Here are some tempting forthcoming books from other publishers. Again, this is certainly not exhaustive and if any publishers or authors want to notify me of books they have coming out in either half of this year, I’ll gladly do another post on what’s in the offing. The selection also reflects my own interests, of course.

From WW Norton I picked out:

Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today By Mark Gerchick. “Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight”, pilots intone but the reality of commercial air travel—a business obsessed with efficiency and the bottom line—has little to do with soaring serenely above the clouds.”
Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates By Frans de Waal – a new book from the leading primatologist. He has written very thoughtfully before about what lessons primatology holds for how we should understand human decisions.
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
The Second Arab Awakening: Revolution, Democracy, and the Islamist Challenge from Tunis to Damascus By Adeed Dawisha – on a subject I certainly know too little about.
Wiley has some promising political economy titles coming out. I read in draft
Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism By Brett Christophers, which is a fascinating history of the parallel evolution of the banking industry both in geography and in our conception of what matters in the economy. Real food for thought, post-crisis.
Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism (Antipode Book Series)
Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities by Robert Rotberg looks promising and catches the current mood about Africa.
Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities
Politics in the Age of Austerity by Wolfgang Streeck and Armin Schafer – the blurb says:
“With the need to consolidate budgets and to accommodate financial markets, the responsiveness of governments to voters declines. However, democracy depends on choice. Citizens must be able to influence the course of government through elections and if a change in government cannot translate into different policies, democracy is incapacitated.”

From Penguin, a handful that look interesting. I like tales of companies or industries, so this caught my eye. Buttoned up, Fantastic Man: “Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom are the creators of Fantastic Man, a singular modern men’s style journal. Here they use the history of the button-down shirt to tell the story of contemporary London’s cutting-edge fashion, design and people.”

John Cassidy has a new edition out of How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities.

Start It Up: Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think by Luke Johnson, a self-explanatory offer from the famous entrepreneur and FT columnist.

The Untouchables The people who helped wreck Ireland – and are still running the show by Shane Ross, also self-explanatory.

The Untouchables: The people who helped wreck Ireland – and are still running the show

And for everyone who liked Debt: The First 5000 Years (a fascinating although flawed tome), The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement David Graeber. They obviously can’t settle on the title as the blurb says: “Future Possible not only tells the story of Occupy Wall Street’s origins but, more importantly, explains how the movement works and how readers can replicate its method in their own communities.”

The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

Profile Books doesn’t seem to have any upcoming economics or business books, but I liked the look of Underground, Overground: A Passengers History of the Tube by Andrew Martin – the 150th aniversary of London Underground is almost on us – and Invisible Romans by Robert C Knapp, about the lives of working Romans.

Underground, Overground: A Passenger’s History of the Tube

Finally, one of my Twitter correspondents, Dr Dave O’Brien has this out from Routledge later in the year: Cultural Policy: Management, Value and Modernity in the Creative Industries.

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